Google Debunks Top 10 Google Glass Myths
Google Debunks Top 10 Google Glass Myths
by Todd R. Weiss
Myth 1: Glass Is the Ultimate Distraction From the Real World
Nonsense, says Google. Instead, Glass allows you to look up and engage with the world rather than look down at your phone and become isolated. "That's why Glass is off by default and only on when you want it to be. It's designed to get you a bit of what you need just when you need it and then get you back to the people and things in life you care about," Google wrote in its post.
Myth 2: Glass Is Always On and Recording Everything
Untrue, says Google. "Just like your cell phone, the Glass screen is off by default. Video recording on Glass is set to last 10 seconds. People can record for longer, but Glass isn't designed for or even capable of always-on recording (the battery won't last longer than 45 minutes before it needs to be charged)."
Myth 3: Glass Explorers Are Technology-Worshipping Geeks
Actually, says Google, Glass Explorers come from all walks of life and are not just tech-centric users. "They include parents, firefighters, zookeepers, brewmasters, film students, reporters, and doctors. The one thing they have in common is that they see the potential for people to use technology in a way that helps them engage more with the world around them, rather than distract them from it. In fact, many Explorers say because of Glass they use technology less, because they're using it much more efficiently."
Myth 4: Glass Is Ready for Prime Time
Not so, says Google. In fact, there are still lots of questions to be answered. "Glass is a prototype, and our Explorers and the broader public are playing a critical role in how it's developed. In the last 11 months, we've had nine software updates and three hardware updates based, in part, on feedback from people like you. Ultimately, we hope even more feedback gets baked into a polished consumer product ahead of being released."
Myth 5: Glass Does Facial Recognition (and Other Dodgy Things)
Absolutely not true, says Google. "As we've said before, regardless of technological feasibility, we made the decision based on feedback not to release or even distribute facial-recognition Glassware unless we could properly address the many issues raised by that kind of feature. And just because a weird application is created, doesn't mean it'll get distributed in our MyGlass store. We manually approve all the apps that appear there and have several measures in place (from developer policies and screenlocks to warning interstitials) to help protect people's security on the device."
Myth 6: Glass Covers Your Eye(s)
Another myth that's not even close, says Google. "The Glass screen is deliberately above the right eye, not in front or over it. It was designed this way because we understand the importance of making eye contact and looking up and engaging with the world, rather than down at your phone."
Myth 7: Glass Is the Perfect Surveillance Device
Phooey, says Google. "If a company sought to design a secret spy device, they could do a better job than Glass! Let's be honest: if someone wants to secretly record you, there are much, much better cameras out there than one you wear conspicuously on your face and that lights up every time you give a voice command, or press a button."
Myth 8: Glass Is Only for Those Privileged Enough to Afford It
Yes, current Glass beta devices cost $1,500 each, but by the time they are eventually available for retail sale, that price will come down sharply, says Google. "The current prototype costs $1,500, and we realize that is out of the range of many people. But that doesn't mean the people who have it are wealthy and entitled. In some cases, their work has paid for it. Others have raised money on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. And for some, it's been a gift."
Myth 9: Glass Is Banned ... EVERYWHERE
A total fabrication, says Google. "Since cell phones came onto the scene, folks have been pretty good at creating etiquette and the requisite (and often necessary) bans around where someone can record (locker rooms, casino floors, etc.). Since Glass functionality mirrors the cell phones (down to the screen being off by default), the same rules apply. Just bear in mind, would-be banners: Glass can be attached to prescription lenses, so requiring Glass to be turned off is probably a lot safer than insisting people stumble about blindly in a locker room."
Myth 10: Glass Marks the End of Privacy
No more than any other new kinds of devices, says Google. "When cameras first hit the consumer market in the late 19th century, people declared an end to privacy. Cameras were banned in parks, at national monuments and on beaches. People feared the same when the first cell phone cameras came out. Today, there are more cameras than ever before. In 10 years there will be even more cameras, with or without Glass."